Hidden Menu

  • Tuscany Wine Tour (May 2019)
  • Burgundy Wine Tour (June 2019 - FULL)
  • Champagne Wine Tour (June 2019 - FULL)
  • Southwest France Wine Tour (Oct 2016)
  • Rioja Wine Tour (tba)
  • Jura Wine Tour (Oct. 2017)
  • Home
  • French Wine Scholar Guild
  • Italian Wine Scholar Guild
  • Spanish Wine Scholar Guild
  • Trip Evaluation
  • Reservation Form
  • Reservation Form Special
  • My Membership
  • Webinar-Evaluation
  • Private Trips Reservation Form
  • Notify me when Flash Player bug is fixed
  • Our Recent Top Exam Scorers
  • Guest membership
  • Top Exam Scorer
  • 3-Month Guest Membership
  • Latest newsletter
  • Latest News Archive
  • Newsletter Signup
  • Program Providers
  • Application Submission Form
  • Free 6 Month Membership
  • Thank you for your submission
  • Acymailing Modify Subscription
  • Update Newsletter Profile
  • Preferences saved
  • Italian Wine Scholar - Unit 1 - Study Manual
  • IWS test page
  • Study Trips for Sommeliers
  • Master-Level Online Programs for Wine Educators
  • Membership for Wine Educators
  • Master-Level Programs for Wine Enthusiasts
  • Membership for Wine Enthusiasts
  • Loire Valley Pronuncitation Module
  • WSG Membership for Sommeliers
  • Master-Level Online Programs for Sommeliers
  • Wine Study Trips for Sommeliers
  • Wine Study Tours for Wine Educators
  • Self-Enrollment in FWS v5.2
  • Study Tours for Wine Enthusiasts
  • FWS V6 Upgrade
  • chronoform users-edit
  • Private trips
  • Cru Artisan College 2017
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | Independent Study Format
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format
  • Membership for wine professionals and enthusiasts
  • Private trips
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format UPGRADE
  • French Wine Scholar™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format UPGRADE (from previous versions)
  • Community Dashboard
  • wine study and tasting groups faq
  • Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format
  • Italian Wine Scholar™
  • Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 2 online | 15-week Instructor-Led Format
  • Rhône Wine Tour (June 2018)
  • Champagne Master-Level - Excerpt 1
  • Champagne Master-Level - Excerpts 2
  • Louis Roederer Scholarship for the Champagne Master-Level Program
  • Laurent Perrier Scholarship for Guild of Sommeliers Members
  • Champagne ML Preview
  • Reservation form for Bourgogne intensive
  • Tuscany (May 2019)
  • Thanks for your submission
  • Search FAQs
  • Wine Tasting
  • Membership Demo
  • Certified Sherry Wine Specialist VIP pre-launch
  • Register Menu

    Our Recent Top Exam Scorers

    Michael Aitken, FWS

    Michael Aitken, FWS
    The FWS program accomplishes and provides the sufficient challenge needed and makes the process enjoyable.
    Michael Aitken, FWS, VP of Wine, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Florida

    Congratulations to Michael Aitken, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!

    About Michael

    A strong attribute for learning served me well in my 35 years in the wine business.  My father introduced me to the pleasures of wine and food. From there I made wine my passion and my career.  In many ways the American wine industry and I grew up together.  Today I run the wine business for SGWS in Florida and am continually amazed by the industries resilience and ability to change. 

    I’m not sure I could tell you how many accreditations I have. Learning and the accreditations that followed were almost incongruous to me. Learning and expanding my knowledge are the priority and the accreditations were more incidental.  I don’t display any of the certificates in my office and only display the certificate Grappilleurs du Beaujolais in a room in the house that I keep my wine stash and mostly because I revere and love what Georges Duboeuf has done for me and the wine business.

    Continuing my education in wine is part of my daily work. It’s my compulsion to learn about wine.  The FWS program accomplishes and provides the sufficient challenge needed and makes the process enjoyable.  It will help give perspective to the changes and latest news, and remind me of what remains constant in making and enjoying wine.
    Most of all participating in FWS and wine education in general keeps me engaged. If forces the questions and comparisons that stimulate thought.  It accentuates enjoyment of wine and life in general.

    WSG thanks the following organizations for their support:


    Sign up to receive our latest updates